I’m finally getting around to working through my backlog of tags! I thought that, given the release of Cursed Child, it would be apt to do a Harry Potter themed tag. I was tagged to do this by Lauren @ Comma Hangover! You should go check her out if you’re not following her already 🙂
A childhood book connected to good memories.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Okay, I know that it’s cliche to pick a Harry Potter book, but I do have very fond memories of reading this book particularly. I used to make forts in the dining room in the house I grew up in, comprised of the cupboard under the stairs, the table, and a clotheshorse. I used to sit in the fort and read this, or read it to my brother. I actually wrote a blog post about how into Harry Potter I was when I was a kid. I’m 22 and people still call me and my friends the Harry Potter Gang…..
A book that took you by surprise
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I had to read this for my Victorian Novel class back in my second year of university, and I hadn’t really heard of it so I wasn’t expecting very much from it. I ended up loving this. It’s a really good mystery, and I really didn’t anticipate some of the turns it took. Usually it takes me a bit longer to get through classic novels, but I think I read this in about two sittings.
The last book you read.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne. I mean. Do I really need to say anything about this? I read this in its entirety on the day it came out. Hopefully I should have a review/discussion post up about this either this week or next week!
A book that introduced you to a genre you hadn’t considered before.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. Before reading this, I’d never really been into comics. Which is odd really, because I used to be really into manga. Well. I was really into Naruto. But I’d always considered comics to be sort of hard to access? I had no idea where to start, especially with superhero comics, so when I heard about this I decided to pick it up. I’m so, so glad I did. I love this series, and it’s really pushed me to get into comics more generally.
A funny book you’ve read.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. I actually don’t read too many specifically funny books? But this was the last book that really made me laugh!
A book you think everyone should know about.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. This book is definitely well-known, but it’s definitely one I think everyone should read. Asking For It is an incredibly harrowing book about rape and rape culture. I talk more about it in my review, which you can read here if you want to know more about it.
A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read.
I’m going with spoiler for this one, because unbelievably I managed to spoil myself for the Red Wedding before I read A Storm of Swords. I have no idea how I managed it, but I very much regret that I somehow managed to do it!
A book you had to read for school.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m picking this because I was actually assigned to read it twice, once at A Level and again in my first year at university. When I read it at A Level I liked it fine, but I really liked it when I read it again for university. It’s one of two “classics” that I’ve ever reread (the second being Dracula which I was also assigned at both A Level and university, and also wrote my undergraduate dissertation on).
A book that was painful to read.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This book…is so boring. It’s so boring. I had to read this in my first year at university, so maybe I just wasn’t “ready” for it but oh my god. I actually hold so much resentment for this book because I was a goody two shoes and bought the expensive Norton Critical Edition because the reading list said we had to get this version and I was so pumped to finally read such a classic book. I felt so betrayed. And now I’m loath to get rid of it because I spent so much money on this stupid edition!
A book that could kill (interpret as you will).
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. This is probably one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, and I’m going through it at the moment annotating it so I can write about it. Frank, the protagonist, is sixteen and pretty much a psychopath. I mean:
Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul, for quite different and more fundamental reasons than I’d disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim.
That’s my score to date. Three. I haven’t killed anybody for years, and I don’t intend to ever again.
It was just a stage I was going through.
It’s definitely not a book for everyone, but I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into very dark fiction.
So that’s that! This was a really cool tag! I’m not tagging anyone specifically for this, because I have no idea who has and hasn’t done it, but if you’d like to do the tag, then consider yourself tagged 🙂